News

Christmas: a 12-day holiday

Christmas: a 12-day holiday

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: The celebration sometimes lasts for more than one day. Photo: clipart.com

In America, most people celebrate Christmas with an exchange of gifts on Christmas Day.

But elsewhere, others take a little longer to do their celebrating.

While times have changed somewhat, Christmas traditionally has been celebrated as a 12-day holiday.

The holiday period would begin at midnight Christmas morning and extend through the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6.

Actually, if you include the feast day, it would be a 13-day, 12-night holiday, with the Feast of the Epiphany long referred to as Twelfth Night.

At any rate, Twelfth Night is recognized as the time the Wise Men reached the baby Jesus and brought him gifts.

Because of that, many people exchange their presents at the end of the Christmas period, rather than at the beginning.

Others do so throughout the 12 days.

And it’s customary for some revelers to leave their Christmas decorations in place the entire holiday.

Recent Headlines

in Election 2014, Local

Stating Their Case, but Not Face to Face

Fresh
illinois farm bureau

Bloomington is the farthest south the two pairs could get until Election Day

in Local

Illinois Supremes Back “Home”

illinois supreme court

Illinois Supreme Court Building rehab completed

in Local

Veteran Walks for Others

eric peters

He doesn't carry physical scars from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but the wounds are still there

in Local

Judge Threatens Jeff Parsons With Criminal Contempt

Jeff Parsons appears defiant as he walks out of federal court in Springfield July 10, 2014

A federal judge has threatened to hold former THR and Associates boss Jeff Parsons in criminal contempt of court if he doesn't provide the documents needed to proceed with his case.

in Local

Holiday Weekend Means Beefed-up Police Patrols

drunk_driving

Expect a big police presence this Labor Day weekend.